AMN Paul Wayne Anthony


AMN Paul Wayne Anthony

Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, USA
Death 7 Apr 1970 (aged 20)
Tam Kỳ, Quảng Nam, Vietnam
Burial Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, USA
Plot Veterans Rest
Memorial ID 17833624 View Source
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US Air Force A1C Paul Wayne Anthony, Vietnam Veteran, Native of Charlotte, NC.

US Air Force A1C Paul Wayne Anthony was a member of the Air Force. A1C Anthony served our country until April 8th, 1970 in Quang Nam, South Vietnam. He was 20 years old and was married. It was reported that Paul died from artillery fire. His body was recovered. A1C Anthony is on panel 12W, line 105 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for one year.

We grew up together.He will always be in my heart as will the other Brave men that fought for our freedom. Randy J Cooper, [email protected]

You will always be lovingly remembered as an honorable service man who gladly gave his life for his beliefs. Who loved life and lived life to the fullest each day of your short 20 years. I will remember you as my little brother forever. Your Sister, Martha Harvey.

A night, and a young man that I will never forget. Lord bless your family. Jim Easterly

While I never got to know you as you had been in country for a few days and died your first night at work. I've never forgotten and will remember to the last of my days. A Fellow Vietnam Airman.

Hey, Paul! My name's Joe and I was with the Squadron from March of '68 until March of '69. I got out on April Fools Day! A nine-month early out! I was an RI20250-1, so I brought lots of messages to that delivery window where you spent your last waking moments. I'm really sorry you didn't make it home. You know, when I was with the 6924th we sat under a lot of those rocket attacks. But we were lucky. I was lucky. I wish you'd have been somewhere else that night, like out in the Ops area or someplace, anyplace besides that delivery window. Anyway, it happened and I'm sorry. We've been trying to figure out how to contact your wife and family. It's been a long time now, Paul, since you died; so by now your wife and everyone who knew you has lived through all kinds of experiences. It's a damned shame you weren't able to travel along with them and see all that's happened over the past 30 years. I'm not a very religious man, but I'll allow as to how you might have been able to keep track of things hereabouts without actually being here. I hope, for your sake, that's true; and for our sakes as well: we need all the help we can get! Well, take care and I'll try to get back to you when we get some news about what's been going on with the folks you loved (and who loved you). We'll all be joining you before long anyway. Good-bye for now. Posted by: SSgt Joseph A. Haran, Jr, [email protected], Veteran of 6924th Scty Sq (USAFSS).

Airman First Class(A1C), Paul Wayne Anthony, 6994th Security Squadron was killed in a ground mortar attack at DaNang Air Base on 8 Apr 1970. In memory of the downed crews of the EC-47: Dedicated to those crewmembers who gave their lives in service to their country, while flying unarmed reconnaissance missions aboard the EC-47 Aircraft over Southeast Asia during 1966-1974. More personnel were lost on EC-47 Aircraft than on any other type of mission in Unites States Air FOrce Security History. Outside the Headquarters of the United States Air Force Air Intelligence Agency, the organization that absorbed what was once the USAFSS, a replica of an EC-47 has been set up as a memorial to all those fallen crews. On it's tailfin has been painted the serial number of "Tide 86", the first of the " Electric Goon " Aircraft TO have been lost in action. It is a most fitting tribute. You are not forgotten, nor shall you ever be. Clay Marston. [email protected]

Hi Paul! It's been almost 30 years now and in many repects it seems like only yesterday. I am sure your family must feel the same. I do hope they are doing well and that they will contact me if I can ever help them. I remember kidding you that night about being the new guy (FNG). Here I had only been in country 3 months but already I was bragging about being a veteran. None of us got a chance to know you very well and consequently I hope you and your family haven't felt that we have ignored your memory because of that. I hope they undestand that we think of you and that night often and that regardless of whether you were with the 6924th a few days or the full year, we still consider you one of us and you will always remain so.
I wonder if your family knows some of the little things about the 6924th such as, on the night shift we always had two choices of entrees; bolonga with stale bread, or olive loaf with stale bread. I remember the olive loaf was always my favorite, but you know something, I can't even stand to look at it anymore (I wonder if the same would have happened to you?) I wonder if your family knows that right outside our barracks we had a beer hut where you could actually get fresh popcorn; that is when the popper wasn't broken which was most of the time. Strange, we used to sit outside and watch the gunships "work out" around DaNang; it was like being in some surrealistic picture show.

I wonder if you told them of the prank we used to always play on the new guys: A guy would climb up the telephone pole (which you might remember was right outside the door where your bunk was)and hook up a telephone receiver to the line and pretend he was talking to his wife or mom at home. We would have about 4 or 5 guys at the bottom Yelling, "times up, its our turn". Then when the new guy showed up and asked what we were doing, we'd be nice and let him go to the head of the line to be the next lucky one to climb the pole and call home. I can't remember, did you climb the pole?? I know I did. It was a lot of laughs.
I wonder too if your family knew about "Da" and "Mou". They were our mamasans you might recall and they cleaned our shoes and did our laundry regularly without much complaint. They couldn't speak english very well but we knew if they called us "number one", they liked us, but if they called us "number ten", we would never be invited to dinner. Remember those awfull smelling lunches they used to cook outside? Mostly fish head soup. God, I don't know how they could eat such a foul smelling thing. Remember too about China Beach? You know they had a T.V. show about China Beach a few years back but I don't remember seeing any good looking "round eyed" girls there like they showed on the series. All I remember is guys sitting up in the life guard seats with loaded M-16's. We thought it was to protect us from the VC. Actually it was to protect us from the sharks. Nice beach, but I don't think many us want to return. Well my long lost friend I guess that will be it for now. I promise to stay in better touch and please tell your family they can call or write me anytime. I have some pictures of our squadron that I would be glad to share with them as well as some more rememberences. Right now a few of us are planning on visiting you at THE WALL on April 8 2000. I tell you this in advance in case it ends up to be more than a few and you want to get your class A's all pressed up. See you then, Peace Brother! Jim Hartman (A1C), 12 Carr Rd, Saratoga Springs, New York 12866, (H) 518 587-6944 (W)518 457-7465, Jim Hartman

You will never be forgotten by the Tigers of the 6924th Security Squadron, USAF Security Service (USAFSS), Da Nang AB, Viet Nam. Paul was the only direct casualty due to enemy fire for our unit during the Viet Nam war. A Memorial exists at the 324th IS, Hickam AFB, Hawaii, that was dedicated on 29 August 2001. Once a TIGER, Always a TIGER!

Paul was our son-in-law. Paul had been married to our daughter, Carol Ann Sanderson, an AF Sgt, but 88 days when he was killed on his first night duty at DaNang Air Base by an incoming rocket. Our family and his family in Charlotte were devastated by this tragic loss. Paul was a wonderful young man, and still remembered and loved. God Bless his soul. Kirk and Leoramae Sanderson, 1129 E. Wallings Rd, Broadview Hts, OH 44147, [email protected]

The rocket attack on the night of April 8, 1970, was the first personal experience I had with death as a result of enemy activity. I wish I had known Paul better. He had only recently arrived in country and really did not know what to do when the attack commenced. All I can do is remember that none of us can ever repay what this war cost. Jim Easterly, I was stationed with him in country. 518W Madison St, Lake City,FL 32055, [email protected]

I left Danang just before Paul arrived. He moved into my "cube" in the barracks. While I worked in the comm center, I never worked with Paul. He was the only member of the 6924th Scty Sq to be killed in action during the Vietnam War. He will never be forgotten. We have established two websites and planned a reunion and memorial ceremony for Paul 27-29 September 2001 in San Antonio, Texas. Paul had been at Danang for only 5 days and was killed on his first night on duty. Our unit will never forget Paul Wayne Anthony. God Rest Your Soul, Paul. We stand vigilant for you. Mike(GIL)Gilkerson, 6924th SctySq Comm Center Operator, 613 West Main Street, Mascoutah, IL 62258, [email protected], 6924th SctySqd, Http://

Remembering that night. I was stationed in DaNang. I was probably the nearest person to Paul at the time of the Rocket Attack. I had met Paul earlier in the evening. It was his 1st night in country. Our shift started at midnight and I was introduced to him about 12:30 AM. I remember joking with him and mentioning how he would be enjoying his tour of duty. At about 2:15 AM I was in the room right next to Paul when the rocket hit. I received a Purple Heart in the attack. We were all totally shocked when we heard that Paul was hit. A couple of days later a memorial service for Paul was held in the base chapel. It was a very somber and moving event. We had lost one of our own and it was his 1st day on the job. So young, so many years lost. I'll never forget the sorrow of that day. My condolences to Paul's family and friends. Ken Wiklanski. 364 Cedar Ln, Elk Grove Vill, IL 60007, [email protected]

It's Veterans Day 2003 and I've been thinking of Paul and some friends and many others who never came home. I met Paul briefly and remember taking a picture of him out by the bunker just a few days before he was killed. He wanted to get a picture home to his wife and family. I don't think any of us will ever forget the night Paul was killed or the following few days. The war touched us all that night and I think each one of us will carry those feelings forever. We think often of Paul and all those who gave their lives. God bless them! Ron Kreusel, 13 Bancroft Ave, Beverly, Ma. 01915, [email protected]

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He served with the 6924TH Security Squadron, "Tigers", 7th Air Force.

He was awarded The Purple Heart Medal for his combat related wounds, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal and The Good Conduct Medal.


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